Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christmas Advent Calendar 2013

I have four children and up until now, one advent calendar.  Sure they have had the cheap chocolate ones and even drawn their own, but their favourite is a fabric one I bought years ago. 

This year I decided it was time to make a second one, I joined in The Countdown to Christmas quilt a long.  A little extra incentive to get a project done works well for me!  I mixed up the tutorial by adding more and decreasing the size of my pockets.

I have a little problem with detail, not overboard (although I envy those that do), but just enough to make it special for me.  The result of this was cross stitched numbers on the calendar.  The cross stitch goes with the kids Christmas Stockings.

A tiny bit of detail around the Star of Bethlehem.

The tree is scrappy, with coordinating buttons.

The advent calendar pockets, hide little hand stitched felt ornaments, each day one will be pulled out of its pocket and hung on the tree.

This is how it will look when all the decorations are hung on December 24th.

I love it and cannot wait to use it this year!

You can see the final posts of the hostesses of the quilt a long here:  Better of Thread and Melia Mae Quilting.

Friday, November 8, 2013

LOVE :: Quilt

I have a finished quilt to share today!  I will start off by admitting that if you look at Tula Pink, you will see a quilt very similar to this.  I was directly inspired by her quilt, however, after looking at hers (many times) I just went for it.  I prefer to use my own measurements instead of paying for a quilt pattern.

Why this quilt, why right now?  Simple, one of  my sisters and her husband made the decision to adopt a child.  They traveled a long way and were gone for about 3 months.  I knew I wanted to give some kind of gift, a new child in a home deserves a gift!  I decided on the only thing I really know right now and started this quilt.  My family was very excited when we found out they have a son, close in age to my oldest boy!

I finished the quilt two days ago and rushed home from work yesterday in hopes of arriving before the sun went down, so I could take pictures.  I made it just in time!

This quilt was made for a family, the park seemed like the perfect setting to capture that feeling.  My two oldest helped display the quilt for me.

I decided on dense quilting patterns, mainly because of the large solid pieces.  Pebbling went on the grey (my first time doing pebbling). 

I forget the name of the quilting I did on the white section, but It is straight line one direction with wavy lines running perpendicular.  I really like how it looks, but it was hard twisting and turning it through my sewing machine.

The back is a solid grey.

My planning was not complete, it turned out that when I went to bind it, I had no coordinating fabric!  I scoured my local fabric store and found nothing that matched.  I found one blue that almost worked, but it was too loud.  So, I tried a new technique for me and did a faux piping detail on the binding.  It turned out well, I needed something to break up all the grey going on!

We have not met my new nephew yet, but if all works out today it will be later today!  The kids and I are very excited (my husband has to work so will miss out).

Quilt Stats:
Name: Love
Size: approx. 53" x 64"
Backing: Sheeting
Quilting: variety on home machine
Started : August 2013
Completed: November 6, 2013
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